Post-flood health check-up in Bihar from tomorrow

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Patna, Oct 19 (UNI) The Bihar government, in collaboration with the UNICEF, will launch post-flood health and nutrition check-up round from tomorrow in the five flood-affected districts in the state.

According to a UNICEF release, the drive would cover Araria, Madhepura, Purnea, Supaul and Saharsa districts.

During the seven-day long programme, the UNICEF personnel and government officials would focus on delivering routine immunisation, apart from providing Vitamine A and de-worming medicines to the vulnerable population, especially small children and expecting mothers. The kids suffering from diarrohea would also be treated with ORS and zinc tablets, the release added.

According to the release, at least 3,57,903 expecting mothers and 3,25,366 infants, of the total population of 10,84,559, would be administered health check-up through 9,240 anganwadi centres and 53 primary health centres.

With the help of district magistrate, a special micro plan had been prepared to reach the affected villages.

Special arrangements had been made by means of boats as well as tractors, and more manpower had been pressed into action for reaching the difficult remote villages.

The UNICEF had provided the medicines including ORS, Vitamine A, Zinc and Albendazole tablets for de-worming.

State Health Department Principal Secretary Deepak Kumar, meanwhile, said the government was concentrating on the inclusion of the children and expecting mothers in the special immunisation drive.

He said the Dictrict Magistrates had been asked to monitor the programme.

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